News: Odd Future Member Accused Of Hitting Woman, OF Rep Responds
Monday, Oct 31, 2011 6:11PM
Odd Future continues to remain in music headlines, however, its group member Left Brain who is being accused of attacking a female photographer over the weekend in New Orleans.
The victim, photographer Amy Harris, claims she was assaulted at Sunday's Voodoo Experience music festival.
Harris claims she was slapped by rapper Left Brain, real name Vyron Turner, who knocked her camera out of her hands during the group's performance at the Voodoo Experience on Sunday (30Oct11). Reports suggest Turner took aim at the snappers in the photo pit after Odd Future frontman Tyler, the Creator, voiced his dislike for photographers, insisting the fans should be allowed to stand closer to the stage. Turner is said to have showered the photographers with water, before pushing them and kicking their equipment and allegedly assaulting Harris. Harris has decided against taking legal action against the band, although she admits she felt unfairly targeted. (Chicago Tribune)
Although she is not seeking legal action, Harris has addressed what went down.
"I have worked many shows before, and I've had to deal with a band flinging water at the photographers, but I never expected this to happen," Harris told NBC after the incident. "In the pit, the male to female ratio is about 20 to 1. There were way more men in that pit than women." (Exclaim)
In light of the photographers' remarks, Odd Future's publicist, Heathcliff Berru has denied the claims.
"There simply is no truth to the accusation floating around the internet," Berru tells Billboard.com's The Juice. "It's no secret that Odd Future has a love/hate relationship with photographers at shows. [It's] simply because sometimes they are given access the group wishes there fans would have instead. After telling the photographers to clear out multiple times (as they've done before) Vyron (Leftbrain) took a swipe at a few cameras, NOT people. To manipulate the situation [and] to insinuate an attack on a woman specifically is careless and manipulative" (The Juice)
The news comes weeks after Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne praised the hip-hop collective.
"I just rock with 'em. Shout out my man Taco that's my dude," Weezy F. said of OF and member Taco in particular. "I'm just realcool with the homies. Shout out Tyler." While Wayne is surely busy touring, prepping releases for his Young Money collective and recording for his own I Am Not a Human Being 2, the fiery lyricist plans to catch the group while they are out on the road on there current tour. "I'm gonna catch a few of their shows, go check out a few of their shows and stuff," he said. "Shout to OF, Odd Future, Young Money, Cash Money, Wolf Gang." (RapFix)
Check out footage from Voodoo Experience 2011 down below: